Aaron Mooy will be key to Melbourne City's chances against Sydney FC.
Aaron Mooy will be key to Melbourne City's chances against Sydney FC. JOE CASTRO/AAP

Home is where the heart is for Melbourne City

MELBOURNE City will be shooting for its third successive win on home soil but it won't be easy against Sydney FC at AAMI Park tonight.

The game should be a tight affair, with City in third place and ahead of the Sky Blues on goal difference.

City will welcome the return of Jacob Melling after he recovered from a knock he picked up against Newcastle in his team's 4-0 win on December 13.

His return comes at a convenient time, with Melbourne derby goal scorer Paulo Retre sitting out the contest through an accumulation of five yellow cards.

Jason Trifiro and Hernan Espindola also come into the extended side that will be reduced to 16 before kick-off.

Sydney FC will have some ins and outs as Graham Arnold's men look to stall an in-form City that lost its first match in five outings, 3-1 to the Roar, last Sunday night.

Stars Shane Smeltz and Filip Holosko return to the side and are likely to play a part in the match, with captain Alex Brosque (hamstring) and striker Matt Simon (suspension) out.

Sydney was dominant at home against the Mariners last Saturday night, winning 4-1, but it was only the third time the Sky Blues have scored more than two goals in a match this season.

However, Sydney has the most A-League clean sheets in 2015/16 so far, with six.

The Sky Blues are without a victory in their past three away fixtures.

A fourth loss would be their longest streak since November 2013, when they went 11 matches without a win on the road.
 


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